Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Circumventing the Electoral College?

Via WaPa - O'Malley Revels in Legislative Successes
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law yesterday a measure that would circumvent the Electoral College by awarding the state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes nationwide.

The bill, one of 105 signed by the Democratic governor the day after the General Assembly adjourned, makes Maryland the first in the nation to agree to let the national popular vote trump statewide preference. It would not take effect until states that cumulatively hold 270 electoral votes -- the number needed to win a presidential election -- agree to do the same.
I must confess that I was totally unaware of this movement. I knew that some argued that the elector college should be abolished, but I didn't know that any states were working to circumvent it in this way. I would never have thought that such a bill could pass. It will be interesting to see if any other states follow suit.

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